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Cynthia B. Astle

Grassroots UMC

News from local United Methodist congregations

  • Memorial Golf Tournament to Raise Funds for Special Projects

    A little girl whose brief life has touched many in the two decades since she died will be remembered again Aug. 26 when the United Methodist Men of Tyro UMC in Lexington, Ky, hold their annual Anna Lewis Dorsett Memorial Golf Tournament at Lexington Golf Club. One of the largest charity golf tournaments in Kentucky's Davidson County, the event funds United Methodist Men's projects such as school feeding programs, wheelchair ramps for the elderly and meals for the homeless. The event honors Anna, daughter and granddaughter of Tyro UMC church members who was only 8 months old when she was killed in a car accident in 1995. more

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    United Methodist volunteers bring Rescue Mission's 'Joshua Community Project' Closer to Completion

    The Fairbanks, Alaska, Rescue Mission is closer to finishing new housing dubbed "The Joshua Community Project" to aid those transitioning out of homelessness. Some 18 United Methodist volunteers from Virginia have helped to construct the homes, reported CBS Channel 11 in Fairbanks. Volunteer Ken Krimmel was interviewed on camera about working on the project. more

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    Brooklyn Center Service Program Aims to Help West Africans with Traditional Food, Computer Training

    Brooklyn United Methodist Church north of Minneapolis has opened its doors to the West African Family Community Services (WAFCS). Founded in 2015 by Edmund Ocansey is a 51-year-old Ghanaian immigrant and airline worker, WAFCS closed last year when it lost its sponsorship from the local churches' council. WAFCS now offers a food and clothing bank, computer classes and free legal aid. Ocansey said that while the agency caters primarily to West Africans, it will help others in need as well. more

  • Christ Church UMC Troy NY

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    Holy Helpings: New Summer Meals Program Set for Troy

    Youngsters can get a free meal in a safe place in Troy, NY, thanks to a cooperative program that will run through Aug. 25 at Christ Church-United Methodist in downtown Troy. The free program several organizations spearheaded by Kingdom Ministries, New Hope Missionary Baptist Church, Fifth Avenue AME Zion Church, Troy Boys & Girls Club and Nite Owl News. The program will run Monday through Friday for children and youths under age 18. more

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    Native American Festival Planned for Eclipse Weekend

    Two United Methodist congregations in Illinois are joining forces to host an event that will combine solar eclipse watching with Native American spirituality, according to The Southern.com. Eclipses are sacred events to Native Americans, because they represent a connection to the Creator, said the Rev. Danira Parra, pastor of Dayspring Native American United Methodist Church in East Peoria, Ill. She contacted the Rev. Ed Hoke of Little Grassy United Methodist Camp about bringing members of her congregation down for a worship service during the eclipse, since Illinois is near the path of greatest totality. The two pastors organized a Native American Festival starting at noon Aug. 19 and continuing until about 11 a.m. Aug. 21. For more information see the Illinois Great Rivers Conference website at www.igrc.org/festival or www.littlegrassycamp.org more

  • Boston Avenue UMC

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    Tulsa's big three United Methodist Churches Are Launching Satellite Campuses

    The three largest-membership United Methodist congregations in Tulsa, Okla., are growing their churches through a newly popular method – setting up satellite campuses. The churches are First United Methodist and Boston Avenue United Methodist, both in downtown Tulsa, and Asbury United Methodist in the Woodland Hills area, reports Bill Sherman of the Tulsa World. more